Looking for an inexpensive Belgian Blonds and Tripels

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  1. NYTrappistMonk

    NYTrappistMonk Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2009 New York

    Used to think Heineken and Beck's were good, then I got spoiled with my current faves: Westmalle Tripel, Chimay Tripel, Duvel. Have the occasional Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

    They get pricey. Get anyone suggest blonds and/or tripels I could drink on other nights? Thanks.
  2. CurtisD

    CurtisD Devotee (444) Aug 16, 2012 Canada (NB)

    Not sure about your neck of the woods, but Unibroue beers are reasonably priced for Belgian styles. What about Allagash well? Decently priced anytime I’m in Maine/NE.
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  3. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poo-Bah (1,834) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    A few tripels which should be reasonably priced. Not sure if these are in your neck of the woods though.

    Victory Golden Monkey
    Weyerbacher Merry Monks Ale
    New Belgium Trippel
  4. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Poo-Bah (1,788) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    Leffe Blond Ale is pretty inexpensive for a Belgian. If you can find Grimbergen it's not too expensive either
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  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,561) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    @RochefortChris beat me to the punch. If you are seeking a Belgian brewed Abbey style beer that is more economical than Leffe is the 'answer'.

  6. Mindcrime1000

    Mindcrime1000 Poo-Bah (1,605) Apr 30, 2016 South Dakota
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    New Belgium Tripel is solid.

    North Coast Pranqster is not what I would call "cheap" but is definitely less expensive than the ones you listed, and is very tasty, especially for the price.

    Leffe Blond is inexpensive and ok, but may or may not be your cup of tea; it's a sweeter take on the style.
  7. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,467) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    I was thinking La Fin du Monde when I opened this.... I have a passion for that stuff....
  8. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (242) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    North Coast Pranqster
    Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

    Not super super cheap, but the quality of both these beers is phenomenal and the 4 packs generally run at half the price of Belgian 4 packs (or in the case of Wastmalle, only a couple bucks more than a single 12 oz would run you)
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  9. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (160) Mar 15, 2014 California

    Stay away from Asylum unless you want "belgian" style malt liquor and want to die lol
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  10. readyski

    readyski Defender (601) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Suggest buying the ones you like (Chimay , Duvel) in 4/6 packs rather than 750s. That would be cheaper :slight_smile:
  11. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (197) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    OP, not sure where you are in New York, but also check your local craft beer options in addition to the good suggestions in this thread.
  12. NYTrappistMonk

    NYTrappistMonk Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2009 New York

    Some great ideas, thank you. Any ideas for some that come in 12 packs, like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale? I'm able to get them at around $1.50 each with tax.
  13. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (2,189) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Achouffe, Belgian IPA, Blonde, Strong and winter beer run between $10 and $12 a 4 pack at Total Wine which is a pretty good deal in my mind. Duvel Single is roughly $13 a 4 pack of 16 oz. New Belgium Trippel at $8 a six pack, seriously that is a deal.
  14. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Disciple (356) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia

    It's La Fin Du Monde, as we know it
  15. Cheeaaa

    Cheeaaa Initiate (0) May 12, 2019 Missouri

    Yeah I have to agree with unibroue. Don di dieu is what I was drinking last night and it's really tasty. The other unibroue listed is good as well.
  16. ESHBG

    ESHBG Devotee (421) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    New Belgium's is good but I found it to be hoppier than something like a Victory Golden Monkey, important to mention because that could turn a few people off. Stats for those interested:

    NBT IBU: 43
    VGM: 25
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  17. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,757) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Nope. I don't know of any. I agree with people here that Unibroue and Allagash are good choices if you need something cheaper than Chimay (which can be twice the price)... but four packs of Unibroue and Allagash will still be double the price of what you're ideally looking for.

    As mentioned by others, the regular version of Victory Golden Monkey and New Belgium "Trippel" will be closer to what you want price wise, and Leffe Blonde will be even closer to what you want price wise than that. I think you should really try sixers of those three (or singles if you'd rather not commit) and see what you like. I happen to like Golden Monkey and Leffe. Take them on their own terms though.
  18. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,701) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    I'm gonna toss another vote for La Fin Du Monde, though it's probably still a touch on the pricier side.

    Affligem Tripel might be a touch cheaper than the options listed..
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  19. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,435) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Want cheaper easy to find Belgian daily drinkers? Look at the listing of witbiers. They should hit the spot.
  20. lastmango

    lastmango Champion (839) Dec 11, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I'll second that. Very good beer for the price.
  21. Zorro

    Zorro Poo-Bah (5,058) Dec 25, 2003 California

    You are in luck, Brewery Ommegang is in Cooperstown NY.

    Hard to beat Hennepin.
  22. lastmango

    lastmango Champion (839) Dec 11, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Oh yeah . . . How can I forget that one. Just had one yesterday.
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  23. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,296) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio

    Yeah definitely give Leffe Blond shot. And as others have mentioned you gotta give La Fin Du Monde a try as well. Happy hunting
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  24. fritzfield

    fritzfield Initiate (96) Nov 7, 2008 New Hampshire

    comme vous le savez. After having one "and I feel fine".
  25. officerbill

    officerbill Savant (968) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    I can't think of any Belgian styles that come in 12 packs.
    On the whole Belgian styles from American brewers will be less expensive than imports. Allagash is excellent across their entire line and at very reasonable prices. Ommegang's Hennepin fits what you're looking for. Golden Monkey's label is more Hindu than Belgian but it's a good trippel (sour monkey makes a nice change of pace). New Belgium's Trippel is on the hoppy side. Each of these are readily available in NY and affordable enough to mate it into a weekly rotation.

    Once you've settled in with blondes and trippels we can start talking about quads and dubbels
  26. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (2,574) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    As others mentioned, Ommegang Hennepin, Allagash Tripel, and the Fin Du Monde offerings are reasonable and typically available. I might add Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold, which you can find priced decently at distributors that carry their stuff regularly.
  27. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,487) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    La Chouffe can be had near me for about $8/ 4pack, the price to quality ratio is good on that one.
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  28. CheapHysterics

    CheapHysterics Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Sierra Nevada is an amazingly good value for a world class beer. You might be able to find equally good values on Belgian beers... if you're located in Belgium. Otherwise expect to pay a little more.

    Others have made some very good suggestions for Belgian-style beers that are not too expensive. But If you're going to insist on something that has a comparable price point to Sierra Nevada then you're not going to have many quality options.
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